Horse Riding with the Tsaatan People in Darkhad Valley

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Day 1: Murun and Khuvsgul Lake

By plane from Ulaanbaatar we will reach Murun, capital city of Khuvsgul province. Depending on the arrival time we will stay here for the night or we will go on driving North to Hatgal village. The Mongolian blue pearl, the Khuvsgul Lake. It is a huge 2.760 square km alpine lake (130 km in length and 40 km in width), surrounded by mountain chains of more than 2.000 meters high, thick pine forests and lush meadow with grazing yaks and horses. More than 100 small rivers and streams feed the lake with crystal clear water. Water exits the lake through only one river, the Egiin, whose waters eventually reach the Baikal Lake. The lake contains about 1.5% of the world’s fresh water (excluding water contained in the icecaps). The lake and rivers are full of fish. Around a dozen species of fish inhabit the lake and rivers. The most well-known are the sturgeon, grayling, lennok, salmon, taimon, etc.
(Ger camp, L, D)


Day 2: Khuvsgul Lake

After breakfast, we will load our gears on our packhorses. You will be impressed at the strength of the small but sturdy Mongolian horses. We will ride into the valley along the base of the mountain ranges. As we leave civilization behind, you will hear and see ever more ground squirrels, marmots and birds. Our ride will take us through an area of tundra, which is the habitat of the moose. You will soon become an expert at ‘moose detection. It is a typical Siberian landscape. We will climb up the mountain through deep forest where deer, wolves, moose and bears live. Keep your eyes open!
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)


Day 3: Jiglegiin Davaa

Today we will start riding up to the Darkhad valley. We will ride up the Khoridol Saridag Mountain to cross the Jiglegiin Davaa pass. The pass offers us a beautiful view of the lake. There is also an Ovoo at the pass where locals worship the spirits of the nature.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)


Day 4: Khoridol Saridag Valley

For the next two days we will ride through the Khoridol Saridag valley. On your right you will see Delger Khan and Nart Mountain peaks, with sharp, snow-capped peaks. The landscape is clear evidence of glaciations, with steep sided valleys, cirques and moraines.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)


Day 5: Khoridol and Saridag Valley

The horseback riding journey will continue in the Khoridol and Saridag Valley of Khuvsgul Province.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)


Day 6: Renchinlhumbe Village

Today we will arrive towards Arsain Sair. We will cross the Arsain Gol River and reach later Renchinlhumbe village. The village is located in Darhad Depresstion. The Darkhad depression is located between the Khoridol Saridag Mountain Range and the Ulaan Taiga Forest. It is at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level and covers an area of 4300 km².The region is the strongest center of Shamanism. We will re-supply our foods.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)


Day 7: Shishged River

The next two days we will ride through open valleys and plains. The steppe area is surrounded on both sides by the forests of the Taiga, however, the open spaces allow us to ride freely at a faster pace than was possible through the forest. We will cross the Shishged River and come to the Khogiin River. The rivers flow through mountainous woodland and forms numerous islets. Its waters are the home of abundant lenok, grayling and trophy-sized taimen.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)


Day 8: Shishged River

The horseback riding journey will continue in along Shishged River.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)


Day 9: Darkhad Valley

For two more days we will ride through the Darkhad Valley. The valley is rich in lakes and rivers, the biggest of which are Tsagaan Lake and Shishged River, respectively. The area is famous for its natural beauty, but relatively remote and inaccessible even by Mongolian standards.
During heavy rains, transport to and from that area can be hard, sometimes even impossible.
The valley is dotted by many small lakes in which different species of fish such as Taimen, Lenok, Siberian White Fish, Grayling, Freshwater Cod and other live. The remote & wild region is home to Mongolian minor ethnic group known as Tsaatan or Dukha, one of the last remaining reindeer herders of the world. Their unique way of life is centred and structured around reindeer and guided by Shamanism, ancestral spiritual practice based on nature worship. During your stay in the region we will have a chance to visit Tsaatan settlement and discover their life and the influence of Shamanism on their daily life.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)


Day 10: Darkhad Valley

The horseback riding will continue in the Darkhad Valley.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)


Day 11: Murun

We will have a long driving day to reach Moron. On the way we will visit the Uushig Deer Stone complex. Evidence of Prehistoric people’s art work known as deer stones and burial mounds.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)


Day 12: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar. You may enjoy the free afternoon to catch up all the places you haven’t visited yet. You might as well check the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing & admire the contortionists.
(B, L)

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  • Airport transfers
  • Land transportation
  • Domestic flight
  • Tented camp stay
  • Ger camp stay
  • Meals 11B, 12L, 11D
  • Tour guides/horse guide/Packing and Riding horses
  • Camping and kitchen equipment
  • National park entrance fees/Museum and Monasteries entrance tickets

not included

  • Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • City touring
  • International transport
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Medical, trip insurance and evacuation costs
  • International airport taxes, excess baggage charges. Local flights are limited to 10 kg.
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Items of personal nature
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included

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